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Alison
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Taobao

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Taobao

Tell us about yourself—what do you do?
I’m a producer for a Chinese current affairs program. I have to interview people often for work, and I like that it gives me the chance to speak to different people.

Have you had any interesting encounters with people in the course of your work?
We have the opportunity to meet prominent public figures, and one thing that’s surprised me is that they’re actually very easygoing and not as uptight or serious as we’d expect them to be.

Tell us something interesting about yourself:
My Instagram username (@runningpebble) is actually derived from the name of my Weibo account, which was 翻滚吧,小石子 (“Roll, little pebble”). I had a Weibo account because I was doing an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

What has studying Chinese in higher education taught you, and has it influenced the way you think?
I got to learn about different aspects of Chinese history and culture, and I learned a lot about ancient Chinese society from reading ancient texts. For example, it was interesting to discover that some views they held actually weren’t that different from what we believe nowadays.

What do you like to do on weekends?
I like to go camping overnight. I’ve done it with friends at different places around the island like West Coast Park and Pasir Ris, and when we camp we like to cook, either with a mobile stove or solid fuel. I love nature in general, so I also go trekking and hiking when I go overseas. Once when I travelled to Melbourne, I stayed in an apartment on top of a hill overseeing the entire Melbourne harbour. It was very scenic and a great experience.

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